By Bob Salsberg, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — The state gambling commission has cleared Mohegan Sun to bid for the sole resort casino license in western Massachusetts.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

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The unanimous vote followed an extensive background check by the commission and a brief public hearing Thursday.

Mohegan Sun is the first developer seeking a regional resort casino in Massachusetts to be qualified by state regulators, a precursor to filing a formal application.

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The Connecticut casino operator has proposed a $1 billion resort casino in the town of Palmer. It will likely be in competition with MGM Resorts International, which has proposed a casino in Springfield, for the western Massachusetts license.

The five-member commission also announced that it had qualified Penn National after a background check. The company hopes to operate a slots parlor at the Plainridge harness race track in Plainville.


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